This is a beautiful example of an early Factory Engraved Marlin Model 1872 Pocket Revolver known as the XXX Standard. Standard 3 1/8" round barrel with S&W style tip-up action. 5 shot cylinder in caliber .30 Rimfire. This one has the short cylinder flutes..made between 1873-76. Barrel is marked "XXX STANDARD 1872" on top of the rib with left side of the barrel marked "JM Marlin New-Haven CT. Pat July 1, 1873".
Overall, NRA Antique Excellent condition retaining 90% original nickel plated finish. Engraving features floral vignettes with punch dot reliefs on both side panels with well-executed scroll across the barrel and cylinder areas. Excellent original rosewood grips with 90% original piano varnish finish still remaining. Very Good Mechanics with tight barrel to frame lockup. A very attractive and high quality 1870's vintage Marlin revolver that can be had for less than half the price of what a comparable factory engraved Smith & Wesson Model 1 1/2 would bring.